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One aspect of mechanics, which I have enjoyed very much, is the motorcar. Some people have said I have an obsession with motorcars, but it's not true. I have an obsession with horology and I very much enjoy the motorcars, but unlike horology, I've never seen the necessity for attempting to make an improvement in the motorcar. As far as I am concerned, the motorcar reached its peak of development in 1929 with the four and a half litre Bentley and there was no necessity for any change to be made after that. And if no change had been made after that, it would be a very much simpler world and there wouldn't be so many cars on the road because once you've driven a four and a half Bentley, what immediately becomes apparent is that its rather a difficult car to drive and that would keep some of these modern motorists off the road.

George Daniels, CBE, DSc, FBHI, FSA (19 August 1926 - 21 October 2011) was an English watchmaker most famous for creating the co-axial escapement. Daniels was one of the few modern watchmakers who could create a complete watch by hand, including the case and dial. He was a former Master of the Clockmakers' Company of London and had been awarded their Gold Medal, a rare honour, as well as the Gold Medal of the British Horological Institute, the Gold Medal of the City of London and the Kullberg Medal of the Stockholm Watchmakers’ Guild.

Listeners: Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in 1970 in Bolton, Lancashire. He began training as a watchmaker at the age of 16 at the Manchester School of Horology and in 1989 won the British Horological Institute Bronze Medal. His first hand made watch, made between 1991 and 1998, was inspired by George Daniels' book "Watchmaking" and was created while Smith was working as a self-employed watch repairer and maker. His second was made after he had shown Dr Daniels the first, and in 1998 Daniels invited him to work with him on the creation of the 'Millennium Watches', a series of hand made wrist watches using the Daniels co-axial escapement produced by Omega. Roger Smith now lives and works on the Isle of Man, and is considered the finest watchmaker of his generation.

Tags: 1929

Duration: 54 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008